Injury forces Serena Williams to retire against Garbine Muguruza

Serena Williams’ most recent campaign ended in retirement. The 23-time grand-slam champion cited a “viral illness” for ending her time at the Indian Wells Open.

Official reason for Serena Williams’ retirement: viral illness. #BNPPO19

Williams made a solid start to Sunday’s contest in California as she raced into a 3-0 lead, dominating from the baseline with a string of powerful forehands.

However, Williams — who entered the tournament as the 10th seed — was not moving freely and Muguruza battled back with a series of stunning groundstrokes of her own.

Muguruza reeled off six successive games to take the first set but Williams’ mobility was well short of her best, and her retirement seemed inevitable at the changeover.

Williams called her trainer and complained of a pain in her left leg but tried to battle on at the start of the second set.

Serena had a lengthy discussion with the trainer and doctor. The trainer took the blood pressure cuff out but didn’t use it. No MTO taken, back underway. https://t.co/6DoQptia6C

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Muguruza held to love with Williams not even trying to run for the game-winning point and on her return to the chair, Williams was noticeably breathing heavily.

She quickly called time on proceedings, handing Muguruza a place in the last 16 — where she will meet Kiki Bertens or Johanna Konta.

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